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April 8 - Solar Eclipse Viewing Precautions & Safety Information

Dear FPS Families, 
A solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024. The event will begin at around 2:12pm with the height of the occurrence taking place at 3:26pm. While light levels will be similar to dusk/pre-sunset and individuals will be able to see their surroundings, the eclipse can cause severe eye injury if proper measures are not taken. It is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. To ensure the safety of our children, school staff will provide all students with protective solar glasses. Depending on grade level, schedules and standard dismissal times, some schools may facilitate viewing experiences for students. Note: high school viewing opportunities will take place after school dismissal for those who are interested in attending. 
 
Principals will reach out to families with additional information. Please contact your school with any questions/concerns. 
 
Below are websites containing helpful information about the eclipse: 
 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): This is the official website of NASA and also provides additional safety information regarding the eclipse: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/safety/
 
American Astronomical Society (AAS): This website provides information and resources regarding eclipses, safe viewing and eclipse glasses: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety 
 
NSTA’s Solar Eclipse Handout for Families: https://static.nsta.org/pdfs/SolarEclipses2023_Handouts.pdf (April 8 info is available on the third page of the PDF)
 
Sincerely,
Michael J. Testani
Fairfield Superintendent of Schools